Renewables are a ‘no regrets’ solution to power gaps left by nuclear if provided support through the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme, according to a new report.
The UK could meet its looming fourth and fifth carbon budgets without the need for new nuclear, but only if renewables policy is urgently ramped up, Cornwall Insight has claimed.
The UK is at growing risk of missing legally binding climate targets after the pace of decarbonisation slowed last year, new analysis has concluded.
Hitachi has confirmed it has suspended work on the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant, a move which risks “blowing a hole” in the UK’s decarbonisation strategy.
Renewables provided almost one-third of the UK’s total power output in Q3 2018, a record high for that period of the year, boosted by the summer’s heatwave and high wind speeds.
Energy secretary Greg Clark has said the UK’s “substantial” pipeline of renewable energy projects could offer a replacement to the capacity lost by the scrapping of Toshiba’s plans for a new nuclear power station in Cumbria.
The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has stressed that the UK could meet half its power demand from renewables by 2030, and urged the government to ditch new nuclear plans as a result.
The UK’s renewables lobby has scrutinised the government’s decision to directly invest billions of pounds in Hitachi’s proposed nuclear project, suggesting renewables to be a far cheaper and quicker way of decarbonising the country’s power.
Energy secretary Greg Clark ended weeks of speculation yesterday evening (4 June 2018) by making a statement before the House of Commons, confirming that the government had indeed entered into negotiations over the proposed development of the 2.9GW nuclear reactor at Wylfa Newydd.